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    ali1031 is offline Newbie
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    Default A question about the article 'the'

    Hello,

    May I ask which one of the following sentence is correct? or are they both alright?

    I am interested in playing piano and violin.
    I am interested in playing the piaon and the violin.

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    Default Re: A question about the article 'the'

    Hi ali1031

    Not a teacher.

    I am interested in playing piano and violin is correct.
    I am interested in playing the piaon and the violin sounds wrong. It would mean that you are interested in playing a perticular piano or violin, and not the regular ones. Besides, listener must know which piano and violin you are talking about.

    Wait for teachers.

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    Default Re: A question about the article 'the'

    Both are correct. Althouhg bhagona is correct that by inserting the article "the" it sounds more specific (You are a concert pianist and have just walked into a room where there is a beautiful grand piano. Your host asks if you would like to sit down and have a cocktail - you reply, "Why, I'd rather play the piano!") - it is also understood that for one who does not play either instrument already one could say, wistfully, "I would like to learn to play the piano and the violin" - or - " ... to play piano and violin" in a very general sense.

    So either one works. Your meaning will be understood in context.

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